Re: [RFC MM] Accessors for mm locking

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Thu Nov 05 2009 - 15:52:26 EST

Christoph Lameter <cl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> From: Christoph Lameter <cl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [RFC MM] Accessors for mm locking
> Scaling of MM locking has been a concern for a long time. With the arrival of
> high thread counts in average business systems we may finally have to do
> something about that.

Thanks for starting to think about that. Yes, this is definitely
something that needs to be addressed.

> Index: linux-2.6/arch/x86/mm/fault.c
> ===================================================================
> --- linux-2.6.orig/arch/x86/mm/fault.c 2009-11-05 13:02:35.000000000 -0600
> +++ linux-2.6/arch/x86/mm/fault.c 2009-11-05 13:02:41.000000000 -0600
> @@ -758,7 +758,7 @@ __bad_area(struct pt_regs *regs, unsigne
> * Something tried to access memory that isn't in our memory map..
> * Fix it, but check if it's kernel or user first..
> */
> - up_read(&mm->mmap_sem);
> + mm_reader_unlock(mm);

My assumption was that a suitable scalable lock (or rather multi locks)
would need to know about the virtual address, or at least the VMA.
As in doing range locking for different address space areas.

So this simple abstraction doesn't seem to be enough to really experiment?

Or what did you have in mind for improving the locking without using


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